Grab your hiking boots and discover Hillsborough County’s wild side. Hillsborough County has over 60 conservation parks and nature preserves with more than 300 miles of marked hiking trails. Enjoy a casual stroll on boardwalks and paved pathways at our conservation parks, or delve deeper into the woods at one of our nature preserves.
Best Hiking Spots
Read Our Rules and Expectations
Look for Blazes
A blaze is colored paint, usually red, blue or yellow, marked on posts or trees that guide you in the proper direction so you know which way to go. You will often see the term “Follow the (insert various trail color) blaze” in the trail descriptions. Even though a trail may be marked with blazes, it's a good idea to always carry a map when you are hiking.
Hiking Safety Guidelines
Always be prepared when hiking on nature preserves:
- Bring plenty of water
- Download the map
- Tell someone your plan
- Wear proper shoes and sun protection
- Stay on marked trails
- During the rainy season, many trails will have standing water.
- If you think you are lost, call us at (813) 672-7876
- In case of an emergency, call 911